Though he wasn’t sure how the logistics of it would work, Washington Nationals’ skipper Davey Martinez told reporters before the club’s doubleheader with the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday that it was possible that some of the players placed on the IL before prior to Monday’s season opener could return during the current road trip to LA and St. Louis.
“It’s a possibility, it really is. The good news is that these guys are testing negative with the nasal swab and the saliva test. They have been,” Martinez said.
“So that’s encouraging for us.”
The fourth-year manager in the nation’s capital also suggested that the players who either tested positive for COVID-19 or were in close contact with someone who did, could come right off the Injured List without any sort of simulated games or workouts.
“It all depends on when we can get them back. I mean, honestly, so like I said, these guys are doing everything they can to stay ready,” he explained.
“It’s tough because they’re isolated and they’re quarantined. So, but they’re trying to do everything they can to stay ready.
“We’ve sent out equipment to these guys to get ready and stay ready. I know that some of them have been throwing in their back yard and stuff, so hopefully that helps.”
The problem, he explained, was the timetables for each of their returns, and the difficulty of traveling in the midst of the ongoing pandemic.
“For us right now, they cannot travel with us because of the timeline. So, that’s something that we’re trying to work through right now. We’re trying to figure out how we can get these guys there if they’re allowed to meet us in LA, but all this stuff is still up in the air. We sat around last night talking about all kinds of different things and as you know, we get to travel with a taxi squad with extra players too, so we had to figure all that stuff out last night as well. Hopefully this stuff works itself out.
“The biggest thing is trying to get them back as soon as possible. And like I said, being that these guys have tested negative, that that helps a little bit.”
Apparently, they figured out a way, because four of the nine players who were went on the IL before Opening Day are in LA.
· Reinstated catcher Alex Avila, catcher Yan Gomes, left-handed pitcher Brad Hand, and infielder Jordy Mercer from the Injured List.
· Optioned catcher Tres Barrera and right-handed pitcher Ryne Harper and added them to the Taxi Squad.
· Optioned infielder Carter Kieboom to the Alternate Training Site (Fredericksburg).
· Returned outfielder Cody Wilson to the Alternate Training Site (Fredericksburg).
· Placed outfielder Gerardo Parra, infielder Adrián Sanchez and left-handed pitcher T.J. McFarland on the Taxi Squad.
Got all that? Davey Martinez talks to reporters at 2:00 PM ET this afternoon in advance of the club’s series opener with the Dodgers in Chavez Ravine (4:00 PM ET).